Interview: Carlos Miranda – From Uber Driver to Hollywood Actor

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CARLOS MIRANDA was born and raised in San Francisco and is of Nicaraguan descent. In 2017, while driving for Uber to make ends meet, he was able to complete a short film he wrote, produced, and directed called ‘End Trip’. In the midst of finishing post-production on his short film, he landed a co-starring role opposite screen legends William Shatner and Christopher Lloyd in the upcoming indie feature, Senior Moment.

Carlos can currently be seen in ‘Vida’ – a Starz drama series about two Mexican-American siblings from East Los Angeles.

We talk to Carlos about his journey to Hollywood and the role he plays in ‘Vida’.

Tell us about how you ended up in Hollywood? Was it always the dream?

Yeah since I was eleven years old, it’s been the dream.

When did you first realise that you wanted to be an actor?

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’. I remember seeing the trailer for it and in the trailer, there’s a clip of Leonardo DiCaprio falling to his knees in the middle of a desert and scream “Juliet!”. That specific moment I remember gave me a whole bunch of intense feelings in my gut, like a crazy knot or butterflies when going up a roller coaster, in a cool way though. I wanted to make people feel the way I felt when I saw that.

Is it true that you made your first short film whilst being a driver for Uber? What was it about?

Yes, I did. Well, considering my resources – meaning I had none – I ended up writing something that took place in my actual car at the time. So it’s about a rideshare service driver and a particular ride that goes awry.

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How did your role in ‘Vida’ come about? How does your character fit into the story?

I was on location in Chicago working, when I received a self-tape audition for “Johnny” in ‘Vida’. He is a good hearted guy from the neighborhood that our story takes place, East Side LA, and he has a history with one of the Hernandez sisters, Lyn, which causes a little bit a of drama. I taped myself in my room – according to Tanya she actually almost passed on me because the lighting in my tape was bad! Fortunately, the casting director, convinced her to take another look. I sent in my tape on a Sunday. I stayed in Chicago another week. The following Monday – back in LA – I got called in for an actual in-person audition, and that was the beginning of an insane week ahead!

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You’re about to star alongside William Shatner and Christopher Lloyd in ‘Senior Moment’. What was it like working alongside two iconic actors?

That was one the coolest experiences I’ve had. William Shatner was real cool. He wrapped shooting a couple days before me and the next day I worked, after he left, I showed up to basecamp but couldn’t find my trailer. I thought I got moved to a honey wagon but to my surprise, Bill left me his own trailer to use.

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QUICK QUESTIONS WITH CARLOS MIRANDA

What’s the strangest food combo you’ve ever had?

I don’t know. I’m kinda picky so I won’t eat stuff I think is weird!

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

Mostly rap. Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ is on current rotation right now.

Everyone has a cool app idea, what’s yours?

You have to sign an NDA before I reveal any potential app ideas I have!

A sport you wish you could play?

Basketball

Can you think of a funny story from your time as a Uber Driver?

I picked up Kehlani one time. I got a request and saw that the person I was going to pick up’s name was ‘Tsunami’. My first thought was “would that be Kehlani?” and sure enough it was. She wasn’t as huge as she’s become now, at that time, she was just nominated for her first Grammy, but I knew who she was. I’m from the Bay so I was already rocking with her shit. I was a little starstruck though. But she was dope as fuck.

Do you have a philosophy?

A broken clock is always right twice a day. Just kidding, I don’t know.

One thing in particular that you’re really excited about for the future?

I just really excited to be going back to work on such a remarkable show. ‘Vida’ season two – soon come!

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Joanne Froggatt Photoshoot 2017Off the back of her three Emmy nominations and Golden Globe win for her role in the acclaimed historical drama ‘Downton Abbey’, JOANNE FROGGATT returns to center stage in ‘Liar’— a six-part miniseries in which she takes plays a victim of sexual abuse searching for the truth.

With the intense subject matter of the series, I was interested to know what her dynamic with Ioan Gruffudd — who plays her suspected rapist — was like on-set. “Luckily Ioan and I got on brilliantly, as did the rest of the cast and crew. It felt like a really tight knit, supportive set. I think we needed it to be, because of the intense nature of the scenes”.

Joanne was clear that she took on the role, she wanted to prepare for the tough role as best she could.

“I did quite a lot of research. I watched a lot of documentaries and spoke to a counselor. With any character, you have to make sense of their behaviour and emotions in your own head, and why they may act in a certain way”.

AC: Initially, how many scripts were you given to read?

JOANNE: I initially only read the first episode, before accepting the role, but I did know where the storyline was going. That was the first question I asked! By the time we started filming, we had the first three-episodes with the final three following shortly afterwards. As I say, we all knew how the story was going to unfold but there were still so many surprises in Jack and Harry’s scripts.

Joanne Froggatt

AC: You’ve now played two characters who have been subject to sexual violence, if the opportunity to play third came about, would you take it?

JF: At the moment, I would be hesitant because as an actor you want to constantly show your versatility, that’s what keeps work interesting and challenging. However, it would totally depend on the project, the timing and the circumstances.

Joanne Froggatt

AC: Harry and Jack Williams’ ‘Rellik’ has been airing at the same time as ‘Liar’ on a different channel, have you been watching any of ‘Rellik’?

JOANNE: I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but I have it all recorded on my Sky Planner, so I’m going to binge watch it one weekend.

Joanne Froggatt

AC: It’s been announced that there will be a second season of ‘Liar’. Is there anyone that you’d like to see join the cast?

JF: Yes, it’s been confirmed that we will be doing a second season of Liar. I’m so thrilled that it has been so well received. I’m not sure who I’d like to see join the cast. I think we have a fantastic cast and a fantastic range of characters who have a lot more to reveal, but who knows, I’m certain Jack and Harry will surprise us all.

AC: What are your ambitions as an actor?

JF: To keep doing work that I’m proud of and that I enjoy, and to produce some of my own projects.

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It’s been just seven years since HANNAH BRITLAND first emerged onto screens with a very small role in ‘Home and Away’, while she is now most recognisable for ‘Skins’ and ‘Freshmeat’. Hannah has been appearing in a main role on Netflix’s ‘Lovesick’ for three seasons – with the most recent airing earlier this year to further acclaim from critics and wide-spread love from fans.

Her new role in the new ITV crime thriller ‘Innocent’ is a major departure from the tones of her previous work. ‘Innocent’ tells the story of man who has been recently released from prison after being convicted of murdering his wife – with Hannah’s character getting caught up in the middle of the drama. Told over four nights, ‘Innocent’ promises to be event television, giving Hannah Britland a huge primetime platform to show her talents.

I caught up with Hannah Britland to chat all-things ‘Lovesick’ and ‘Innocent’.

AC: The third season of ‘Lovesick’ aired earlier this year, what do you think is the secret to its success?

HANNAH BRITLAND: I think that ‘Lovesick’ has helped re-define the romantic comedy for the Netflix generation. There were so many amazing comedies in the 90’s and early 00’s (‘Four Weddings’ and A Funeral’, ‘Notting Hill’, ‘Never Been Kissed’) and then the romantic comedy fell out of favour for whatever reason and largely disappeared. ‘Lovesick’ makes the genre fresh again, it is obviously hilarious and at times heartbreaking, but it’s also very real which I feel is the difference. The characters are all flawed but ultimately likeable – they remind you of your own relationships and friends. Its secret is that you feel that you really know these people, you care for them.

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I can imagine it’s a funny set to work on?

The set is great to work on. One the reasons being that it’s largely the same crew, so every year we come back it’s like a family reunion. We all get to catch up over the three months spent in Glasgow – and Glasgow itself is such a fun city – the music and the whiskey is on a different level!

You’re new show ‘Innocent’ couldn’t be any more different! What can you tell us about the show and your role in it?

‘Innocent’ is a world away from ‘Lovesick’, it tells the story of man who has been recently released from prison after being convicted of murdering his wife. It’s led by Lee Ingleby who is a brilliant actor, but it’s a very large cast and ultimately has a great ensemble feel. We follow these characters as the police try to uncover who is innocent in the community and who is guilty, there are secrets and lies hidden around every corner. My character is a young woman caught up in the madness, who is battling with her own demons.

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Is there a particular reason as to why it is told in four parts?

I think it’s told in four parts because the story demands that level of detail. It’s an intelligent script and keeps you guessing the whole way. It’s an exciting ride with a shocking twist.

British TV really seems to be pulling great drama shows out the bag at the moment, if you could compare it to be a mix of two shows, which would they be?

I’m afraid I haven’t watched too much TV recently, but I could compare it to the American version of ‘The Killing’. It has the same sort of intensity.

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You’ve recently been on stage as well at Southwark with ‘The War Has Not Yet Started’, is theatre something you’re looking to do more of?

I went to Guildhall so I am classically trained, I worked on theatre for three years! I have been lucky enough since leaving to work on some of London’s most exciting stages – like the Hamstead and Regents Park Open Air theatre. I’m happy to go wherever the work takes me as long as it’s a great script and an interesting part.

Do you have a favourite genre of work at the moment or do you like dipping between multiple?

I think each genre teaches you something new about acting each time. I think comedy is probably the most challenging for me and ironically the genre I have worked the most in. Comedy is like learning to play a new musical instrument each time. there’s a rhythm and  skill to it unlike anything else. If you miss the beat you’re out. There’s no way around that. I tend to do more dramatic work in the theatre, but again I feel very fortunate to be able to have the opportunity and the training to do both.

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QUICK QUESTIONS WITH HANNAH BRITLAND


Last movie you watched?

‘A Quiet Place’

Best show to binge-watch?

‘LOVESICK’!

What’s the strangest food combo you’ve ever had?

I don’t know about strange, but I absolutely hate oysters.

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

Billy Joel, Pink Floyd and Beyonce.

A sport you wish you could play?

Basketball

Best present you’ve ever received?

I’m obsessed with my red leather Filofax my mum and dad  bought me. Genuinely.

Would you rather be at a mountain hideaway or a beach house?

Beach house

Do you have a philosophy?

Go hard or go home.

One thing in particular that you’re really excited about for the future?

I’m developing two scripts at the moment so I am super excited about how far I can take them. I want to create my own work and work for other people whose talents I admire.

‘Innocent’ begins at 9pm on Monday 14 May on ITV

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